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Awareness of new COVID isolation guidelines high, but gaps remain

On March 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its isolation guidelines for COVID and other respiratory infections. In a survey of 421 adults in three states (MD, MO and NE) conducted March 9-11, 58% had heard about the change. 

However, African American respondents were less likely to have heard about the new guidelines than Whites (54% vs 70%), as were Hispanic adults compared to non-Hispanics (49% vs. 60%). 

The new CDC guidance recommends that people stay home and away from others until their COVID or other respiratory symptoms are improving, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without medications. Prior guidance called for 5 days of isolation for COVID infections. 

More survey respondents agreed with the change than disagreed (32% vs 23%); 46% said they had no strong opinion either way. Men and women differed in their reactions: 

  • Women were equally split in agreeing or disagreeing with the change (30% vs 29%);
  • Men were more likely to agree than disagree with the change (35% vs 13%). 

Most respondents (69%) said the change had no effect on their trust in the CDC; 18% said it made them trust the CDC less, while 13% said it made them trust CDC more. Women were more likely than men to say it made them trust CDC less (23% vs 12%). 

Community organizations in St. Louis can use the social media resources below to: 

  • Spread the word about the new guidance, especially to African American and Hispanic members of your community; and, 
  • Explain why the change was made, especially to women, who were more likely to disagree with the new guidance. 

This week’s report is based on responses from a panel of adult residents of Baltimore, MD (n=180); St. Louis, MO (n=153); and Omaha, NE (n=89), surveyed from Saturday, March 9 to Monday, March 11, 2024. Explore these data and more at iHeardSTL.

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As of March 1, the CDC updated guidelines for respiratory illnesses, such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV. Take a look at Elena, Sean, Isabella, and Max’s situations for examples on how to navigate the new guidelines! The updated guidelines can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncird/whats-new/updated-respiratory-virus-guidance.html

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